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Image Taken on 01 Jun 2019 at 11:38    Image of day on 12 Jul 2019

An early arrival for this female Banded Demoiselle Damselfly. The females don't have the characteristic dark band on the wing that you see on the males. This insect is slightly smaller than the Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly and has lighter and green tinted wings.


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Image Taken on 19 Jul 2010 at 15:00    Image of day on 30 Aug 2010

This Female Banded Demoiselle (females do not have the wing bands) was our guest for a few pics. The first is a 'head and wing' view of the underneath of the insect flying nearly straight upwards. The twist of their wings in flight is very evident as are the green eyes.


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Image Taken on 19 Jul 2010 at 15:01    Image of day on 30 Aug 2010

And how she might appear in flight if your eyes could capture an image at the approximately 0.03 mS flash duration.


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Image Taken on 14 Jul 2010 at 17:47    Image of day on 25 Aug 2010

A female Banded Demoiselle damselfly decorating the blackthorn hedge at our North east boundary.


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Image Taken on 03 Jul 2010 at 11:52    Image of day on 05 Aug 2010

A few days later we got our first sight of the year of the ladies, this one photographed at rest in the sunshine, catching the light unusually well.


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Image Taken on 08 Jul 2019 at 15:27    Image of day on 25 Aug 2019

Occasional sightings of male Banded Demoiselle Damselflies continue mostly on Yellow Flag Iris fronds. You are looking through 4 wings.


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Image Taken on 29 Jun 2018 at 10:16    Image of day on 18 Aug 2018

A male banded Demoiselle Damselfly perched elegantly on a leaf tip.


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Image Taken on 18 Jul 2016 at 16:18    Image of day on 02 Sep 2016

This male Banded Demoiselle Damselfly shows its body detail well, but the dark background tends to hide the band on the wings that give it its name.


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Image Taken on 26 Jul 2008 at 17:02    Image of day on 09 Aug 2008

As promised in the image for 2 June 2008 we have tried to photograph the Male Banded Damoiselle. Well some effort brought the luck - here is the beauty.


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Image Taken on 17 Jun 2015 at 12:09    Image of day on 17 Aug 2015

The first Banded Demoiselle Damselfly this year, this one a male, has appeared at the duck shaped pond on the Hop Sedge. You can just see the complicated little clasper at the tail tip that must match the females thorax for them to mate.


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Image Taken on 18 Jul 2016 at 18:09    Image of day on 02 Sep 2016

This Banded Demoiselle posed long enough for this portrait that show the band on the wings very clearly.
We first spotted a male Banded Demoiselle on 16th July 2016 we but couldn't get a photo at the time.


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Image Taken on 24 Jun 2019 at 15:34    Image of day on 10 Aug 2019

A brief sighting of a male Banded Demoiselle male several weeks ago is at last supplemented by 2 male Banded Demoiselle Damselflies in and around the main pond. Here one in an adjacent hedge.


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Image Taken on 12 Jun 2010 at 16:00    Image of day on 20 Jul 2010

This banded Demoiselle male sometimes returned to the same spot providing an opportunity for a photo alighting on a the Hop Sedge.


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Image Taken on 05 Jun 2010 at 13:37    Image of day on 20 Jul 2010

From a few days earlier, probably a different male from a different pond taking a flight through our 'flight tunnel' before being returned to where we caught him.


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Image Taken on 30 Jun 2010 at 14:17    Image of day on 05 Aug 2010

We have been seeing male Banded demoiselles damselflies fluttering around the sunlit hedges for a few days. Here is one brought in for a little photo session.


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Image Taken on 22 Jun 2014 at 12:46    Image of day on 27 Aug 2014

We found this male Banded Demoiselle Damselfly at the North boundary where we had been finding Beautiful Demoiselle Damselflies a couples of weeks before.


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Image Taken on 18 Jun 2015 at 12:42    Image of day on 25 Aug 2015

The Banded Demoiselles have arrived. This male makes an attractive colour contrast with the yellow buttercup. The Buttercup is just a perch - the insect is a hunter not interested in pollen or nectar.


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Image Taken on 22 Jul 2014 at 15:52    Image of day on 28 Sep 2014

A male Banded Demoiselle Damselfly delicately resting on a grass seed head.


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Image Taken on 22 Jul 2014 at 15:55    Image of day on 28 Sep 2014

A male Banded Demoiselle Damselfly showing all 4 wings slightly spread, and a lovely shadow


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Image Taken on 05 Jul 2018 at 15:18    Image of day on 27 Aug 2018

A male Banded Demoiselle Damselfly perched delicately on a blackberry leaf.


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